About Coventry Pentecost
The event is now in its seventh year, and each year we have built on the year before, bringing together Christians from many churches in the city to celebrate that we are 'one church, many congregations'.
The previous events have always had many highlights. The Pentecost celebration has been in Broadgate for 4 years now. During the celebrations, we have had live music filling Broadgate, over 100 people performed a fly mob style dance to 'Oh Happy Day' around the city, individual local artists and large community choirs. The event always draws a large crowd and we invite you to join us for this year's celebration.
Coventry Pentecost Celebration began in February 2010 when, at a retreat of city leaders, David Mayhew shared his vision for a big inter-church event in the city to mark Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church. Angus & Sally Ormes caught the vision and together they began to plan towards Pentecost 2010.
The first event took place in the Cathedral, attended by around 750 and was notable for a procession of banners proclaiming “Jesus is Lord” in over 30 languages, shrouded by Pentecost “tongues of fire!”
In 2011 we ventured into the open air for the first time, with a procession of soggy banner bearers marching from the Cathedral to Millennium Place to join around 300 others. Heavy rain which began 30 minutes before the start limited the numbers, but eventually the sun came out and a great celebration with dancing took place!
Our desire was to impact the general populace, and so in 2012 we moved to the newly-refurbished Broadgate Plaza, with a procession starting again from the cathedral and culminating with the spectacle of well over 100 dancers performing to O Happy Day!” flash mob style. In addition a RCCG gospel choir performed from the (then) Radio Plus balcony, followed by a large choir directed by Matthew Ling belting out two songs, including the rousing “How Great thou Art.”
Our 2013 event featured a large stage in the open air in Broadgate with live music, and a large number of brightly coloured gazeboes were erected, demonstrating the work done by many wonderful Christian ministries in the city for the good of the city. It stayed dry, though a chill wind blew across the square. Nevertheless large numbers of people were drawn to the event over the four hours, which culminated in a final half hour of celebration and dance.
Inspired by “On the Move” which offers free burgers and tables and chairs to sit at while watching live Christian singers and artists in many European cities, we decided to dub the Celebration “Big Birthday Bash” in 2014 (as the word Pentecost means little to many unbelievers). Free sausages and burgers in buns were served and a huge array of specially baked birthday cakes were displayed and eventually cut up and given away. Free face painting, live music and street performers completed the event. As in 2011, the heavens opened for the first hour of the event, but the KidsKlub group performing to Singing in the Rain was a real highlight!
The sun came out later and it warmed up considerably, with over 1000 burgers or sausages given away, but the rain prompted us to think about a marquee to counter the whims of the English weather.
In 2015 we hired a marquee for the first time, capable of seating around 300 people. To maximise its use we planned Friday night and Saturday night events in addition to the Big Birthday Bash, and YfC helped us put on a fantastic Youth night, “The Way,” with Happi and Chip Kendall, while a superb musical production “Risen!” rounded of a great weekend.
With Mike Pilavachi, Tom Smith and a Soul Survivor band having agreed to do the whole weekend in 2016, we have stepped out in faith and hired an 800 seater marquee to house what will be our biggest event yet!
The Planning Committee consists of church leaders from across the city :
Adam Sanders (Central Hall)
Andrew and Carol Hillier (Walsgrave Baptist)
Angus & Sally Ormes (Streams of Life)
Darren Bovis-Coulter (Limbrick Wood Baptist Church)
Eniiwaju Etomi (Holy Ghost Zone)
Gavin Kibble (Mosaic/Foodbank)
Ian Jenkins (St Bart's)
Jon Mills (CYFC)
Matthew Ling (City Church)
Stasi Kelly (CYfC)
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